A Thanksgiving to God, for his House

Original Text: 
Robert Herrick, Hesperides (London: for John Williams and F. Eglesfield to be sold by Thomas Hunt, 1648), of which a section called "His Noble Numbers: or, his Pious Pieces" has a separate title-page dated 1647. Facs. edn. Menston: Scolar, 1969. PR 3512 H4 1648A ROBA
1Lord, Thou hast given me a cell
2      Wherein to dwell,
3A little house, whose humble roof
4      Is weather-proof:
6      Both soft, and dry;
7Where Thou my chamber for to ward
8      Hast set a guard
9Of harmless thoughts, to watch and keep
10      Me, while I sleep.
11Low is my porch, as is my fate,
12      Both void of state;
13And yet the threshold of my door
14      Is worn by th' poor,
15Who thither come and freely get
16      Good words, or meat.
17Like as my parlour, so my hall
18      And kitchen's small;
19A little buttery, and therein
20      A little bin,
21Which keeps my little loaf of bread
23Some brittle sticks of thorn or briar
24      Make me a fire,
25Close by whose living coal I sit,
26      And glow like it.
27Lord, I confess too, when I dine,
29And all those other bits, that be
30      There plac'd by Thee;
32      Of water-cress,
33Which of Thy kindness Thou hast sent;
34      And my content
35Makes those, and my beloved beet,
36      To be more sweet.
37'Tis Thou that crown'st my glittering hearth
38      With guiltless mirth;
40      Spic'd to the brink.
41Lord, 'tis Thy plenty-dropping hand
42      That soils my land;
43And giv'st me, for my bushel sown,
44      Twice ten for one;
45Thou mak'st my teeming hen to lay
46      Her egg each day;
47Besides my healthful ewes to bear
48      Me twins each year;
49The while the conduits of my kine
50      Run cream, for wine.
51All these, and better, Thou dost send
52      Me, to this end,
53That I should render, for my part,
54      A thankful heart,
55Which, fir'd with incense, I resign,
56      As wholly Thine;
57But the acceptance, that must be,
58      My Christ, by Thee.


5] spars: beams. Back to Line
22] unflead: whole, not skinned. Back to Line
28] pulse: peas, beans, etc. Back to Line
31] worts: pot-herbs. Back to Line
39] wassail-bowls: bowls of spiced ale or other drink, for toasts. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
N. J. Endicott
RPO Edition: 
3RP 1.205-06.